My name is Dann Cucuta and I have been involved in the martial arts for almost 30 years. I began competitive fighting in 1999 and still fight from time to time. Mainly for the love of it, but have been teaching since 2011. Teaching has been a great way to give back by sharing the lifestyle which has shaped me into the man I am today. I've gained many friends through sharing martial arts with people who have become like family to me over the years. Hopefully you'll find the same love for it that I have and will join in our community.
I'm very detail oriented to an almost obsessive level. I will pick at and fine tune your movements to the minute details, but not in a way that makes you feel like you can never get anything right. I treat each improvement as a step by step success plan. You don't always fail. You always get better. I also include strength, conditioning and stretching as part of our training regimen as needed. Learning some cool punches and kicks is nice, but one also needs the appropriate strength, conditioning and flexibility in order to use them successfully. There is a lot of focus placed on core strength. Strength and conditioning is a part of the training, but some clients come to me solely for that aspect, as they know I will push them and continually change the routine to stimulate improvement.
I enjoy working with people and seeing them improve. I get more excited over my students' successes than I do my own. Similar to watching my children succeed in school or anywhere else. I'm seriously doing what I love and have always wanted to do since I was a kid, so I really enjoy my work. The bonds I've built through training others are priceless.
I have just recently relocated to the Kissimmee/Orlando area at the beginning of this year (2019) and will be returning to actively fighting professionally, but I do love how I have been able to transform the lives of my previous students and clients through training, so I will be taking on only a few serious clients for private training. I have no interest in only teaching a few quick self defense moves (those never work). I'm looking for those of you who seriously want to learn the art of fighting and gain the confidence to tackle anything in life. You will learn new skills, learn new habits, break old bad habits, lose fat, build muscle, live healthier and build new confidence, but this all takes time. Lots of it.
Prospective clients should want to train at least 1-4 times per week. To build any skill and gain the confidence that you know how to use it with competence requires repetition, so the more you do it, the better you will become.
Our sessions will run approximately 1 hour. This is the length of a fighter's basic training session. Though you may never want to step in the ring or cage professionally, my goal is to train you so you would have the ability to do so one day and can actually defend yourself using what you train. This requires we put in the time however. If you're just interested in fitting into your old jeans or dress, there are a ton of other programs for that. My goal is to teach you to protect yourself and loved ones with the skills of a professional fighter. You'll trim down in the process too though 😉
All training is private and conducted in your home or at a fitness facility of your choice. I have access to all LA Fitness locations. Drop in fees associated with any other fitness location would be the responsibility of the client.
Single person: $60 within surrounding Orlando/Kissimmee area $500 for 10 sessions prepaid, $80 if an hour away or more, $700 prepaid. $15 per additional person, same $100 discount applied to 10 sessions prepaid.
My life was stressful so I needed a break, I had to find something that gives me relief. So I decided I look for a martial art instructor here in Orlando and I found Dann. Ever since we started to train, I’ve found passion in it. It’s not just because of the art itself, Dann made it like that too. He’s not just a hell of a fighter, he’s a great instructor, as well. He shares the same level of excitement every time you execute a technique right. Now I’m at my third month and sixth 10 session block. I have already learned more than I did in group classes. He moved to Orlando recently and he is in the process of building his community. On a weekend I got to meet the other guys who he trains with and we all went to a bar to watch a UFC fight. Training with Dann is not just about the sessions, it’s also to be part of a community that shares the same interest and devotion towards the art of Muay Thai.
Regardless of my students experience, I spend the first session learning how they move as it applies to fighting. Then we begin working on the basics of movement and footwork before progressing into striking skills. We of course begin with simpler moves, then build from there. It's all about lots of repetition, so the student becomes comfortable using the techniques in a fight if need be. Showing you some cool moves will be useless if you don't remember how to do it right when you need it. So we build strong basics first. Then we progress.
My education and training comes from almost a lifetime of involvement in the martial arts. I've been in the martial arts almost 30 years and fighting for over 20. I have trained in Taekwondo, kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wrestling for a rich mixture in MMA. My primary specialties are boxing and Muay Thai.
Pricing is $60 per session (approx 60 minute) for individuals and $15 extra per additional person. Children can have a second child train with them for free, then $15 extra for anyone after that. If clients prepay for 10 sessions in advance, they will save $100 by paying only $500. An additional $150 per additional client for 10 prepaid sessions. I will travel about an hours time to around 40 miles from where I live in Kissimmee. Driving time further than an hour may require a higher price to cover travel and time I will be unavailable to schedule other clients.
I started teaching as a teenager, though I wasn't as fond of it as I am now. I mainly did it to help my trainer out because our classes were so big. I was more focused on being just a fighter then, which requires us to be a bit selfish for our own growth. Nowadays I love teaching. It's opened up a whole new life path for me. I've found that I continually learn just by teaching. It's brought out a new set of skills in communication that also helps me outside of the gym. As in with my family and personal relationships.
I have trained men and women, children, law enforcement and even a Vietnam War veteran. I may have to change up what I teach based on who I'm training, but anyone can be taught.
One of my proudest moments was preparing two of my students for the TBA Muay Thai National tournament. They both won the championships in their respective divisions. One of these students won the title on her 55th birthday in dominant fashion (two knockdown) against a woman 10 years younger.
Be sure that you are prepared for the level of commitment required to grow in this field. Even with expert guidance, your training doesn't end when the session is over. You should keep working on the things you've been taught until the next session. This is a lot about repetition. You will most certainly become better at that which you do repeatedly. Martial arts is no exception.